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  • Two students hosting Passport Playlist radio show.

Global Scholars Program

Carolina Global Scholars won the 2019 Best Practices in International Educational award from NASPA.

Global Scholar Application

The Assistant Principal for Maxcy will review your application and meet with you individually to discuss your plans to complete all program requirements.


Program Benefits

  • Distinguish yourself from peers by showing your dedication to global citizenship
  • Learn to market your skills across cultural and geographical borders
  • Make progress toward Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD)
  • Enjoy access to travel awards and research grants


Expectations and Eligibility

Any UofSC student seeking to achieve global competency can apply to the Carolina Global Scholars Program (CGS). CGS is designed to support students learning in all facets of global competency, while allowing students to choose their own pathway. Six pillars define the core components of the program, ensuring that the Carolina Global Scholars program is both well-rounded and prestigious. 

GPA Requirement

Scholars must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Language Commitment

Students will be expected to commit to learning a second or third language.

Required Coursework

Scholars must take at least four courses with an international theme.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction

Global Scholars should pursue Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD), with a pathway of their choice. The staff at The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning are available for one-on-one advising sessions regarding GLD pathways and requirements.

Engagement with the Maxcy Community

Students are expected to be active and involved within the Maxcy/Thornwell community. This includes, but is not limited to: attendance at programs and events,  participation in RHA/Hall Government and Language Tables.

Service Experience

Students should maintain active membership in one of the service experiences listed below for at least one year. Hours of service with these experiences nay be applied to the requirement of Graduation with Leadership Distinction. 

The Maxcy Blog Committee co-authors original thought pieces on current events within the International House, on campus, and throughout the world, and publishes these pieces in a blog it maintains.

The Passport Playlist Radio Committee educates the broader campus population, and the Columbia area through exploration of music and cultures from around the world.

Maxcy’s Ambassadors promote the Maxcy community at events throughout the academic year. They work to recruit new residents and retain former residents through promotion of the intellectual and social life of the International House.

The Rule of Law Collaborative provides an opportunity for scholars who are interested in the formation, implentation and practice of law across the globe in the context of foreign affairs and human rights.

The CWAC Committee allows students to have semester-long internships with the Columbia World Affairs Council, a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 non-partisan organization in Columbia.

The Carolina Survivors Clinic aids refugees who are survivors of torture through the health clinic at USC Medicine to help relieve them of isolation while working to build a sense of community among them.

Students work together to produce weekly episodes of a podcast that highlights the global refugee crisis by sharing stories of refugees from across the world and in our local community. 

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